The University of Nairobi is the oldest university in Kenya and is a keen supporter of open access. The university has a digital repository that houses over 85,000 items accessible to anyone with internet connectivity.
Towards the end of 2019, The University decided to digitize a total of about 2,400 rich Theses and dissertations and East African Protectorate documents that were in microfilm format. Lonestar Enterprises Limited was outsourced to do the digitization which they successfully completed.
The digitization of the microfilms increases visibility of the university research by making research readily available for access. This enhances collaboration and sharing of information resources remotely since the materials are searchable and retrievable via the World Wide Web. In addition, the local content of the University is preserved for posterity.